Global Vision International (GVI)

Island Conservation Expedition

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founded in 1997
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Coordinator | Bella
Coordinator | Bella
Travel to the Seychelles and contribute to critical research and conservation efforts within a national park. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

Highlights

  • Watch as a female hawksbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays, reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat
  • Release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island's gentle giant tortoises
  • Experience breathtaking sunsets, make lifelong friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our principal in-country partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles' second largest island), just a short boat ride away.

Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer, assisting on priority conservation projects. You will work with a variety of plants and wildlife whilst living the island life, surrounded by the striking azure waters of the marine park.

On this expedition, you will focus on several key conservation efforts within and around the Curieuse Island National Park which may include the following:

  • Lemon Shark Project - We are conducting a capture and release study of the lemon shark population using P.I.T. tags (peak shark tagging season in September to March, far less activity outside of that time).
  • Coco de Mer Survey - The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Census work is carried out year round, but more effort is expended during the months of April to September.
  • Mangrove Distribution Surveys - Curieuse Island has one of the largest remaining area of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. GVI Seychelles is investigating seedling recruitment and mortality and further determining species distribution across the mangroves.
  • Giant Tortoise Census - We conduct an annual census of the giant tortoise population and record key measurements on growth and distribution. The tortoise census is conducted primarily during the months of April to September.
  • Hawksbill Turtle Surveys - We conduct patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females, also monitoring the beaches for signs of nesting activity, and marking nests when we locate them. The peak hawksbill season runs from September to March, although some nest excavations usually continue into April.
  • Beach Profiling - Our beach profiling studies monitor changes throughout the seasons, and will contribute to a long-term dataset to follow the long-term trends.
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) Surveys -We are conducting BRUV surveys to assess the populations of carnivorous fish species along the remote north shore of Curieuse Island.
If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and spend some time in an incredible location, you don't have to look any further. Please note that our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; and projects are available based on the time of year you visit.

Typical day

This expedition covers a wide range of conservation efforts as you rotate between projects. You will spend the majority of your time on foot working in the forests and on the beaches, experiencing different field techniques and varied project sites.

At the end of each workday, you will return to our base with the rest of your team to relax together. You will share camp duties on a rotational basis, as well as sleeping in shared dormitory style accommodation.

You should expect to work 5 ½ days each week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free for you to explore the surrounding area, snorkel, dive or just enjoy island living.

Details on Arrival

Lemon Sharks/Turtles is a seasonal project running from Aug/Sept through to March only, the hub will be closed for one month from mid December through to mid January.

Start dates are set and guaranteed: 
  • 2019
  • 06 Apr 2019
    04 May 2019
    01 Jun 2019
    29 Jun 2019
    27 Jul 2019
    24 Aug 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    19 Oct 2019
    16 Nov 2019
  • 2020
  • 11 Jan 2020
    08 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    04 Apr 2020
    02 May 2020
    30 May 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    25 Jul 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    19 Sep 2020
    17 Oct 2020
    14 Nov 2020

Free-time activities

You will be based in and around national parks in the main group of islands, and working on a diverse range of wildlife and habitats on and around Curieuse Island. Access to and from the island is only by boat so travel to other islands is limited to weekends. Praslin has a limited, cheap bus service and taxis are easily available. For further exploration you may choose to hire a car on Praslin or make use of the inter-island ferry services between the other islands.

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect one or two free days per week, usually at weekends. In this time you could explore the islands of Praslin or La Digue, visit the capital of Mahé, Victoria (although the ferry to Mahe is relatively expensive), visit local beaches, snorkel or just relax on base. Before and after your program you could spend a little more time in the Seychelles on the close-by islands of Praslin and La Digue, or join a charter to sail even further afield. Please allow several days if you hope to travel between islands, there are over 100 in the archipelago but getting around takes time – the possibilities are endless!
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Medical Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fitness Level: Must be physically very fit as surveys involve walking for many hours in humid conditions on rough terrain
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Global Vision International (GVI) (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Seychelles International Airport

There will be one airport pick-up the Friday which is the day before the start of the expedition at 7:30am, which will drop off in Beau Vallon (food and accommodation before the Saturday start date is not included) 

On the morning of the expedition the pick-up point will be at the car park behind the Pearl Noire restaurant in Beau Vallon.

Accommodation

Facilities will be more basic than you are accustomed to – please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. 

Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorm rooms. There is cold running water available for showers and bottled water available for drinking. Bathroom facilities are shared, and participants also share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Participants take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is basic but nutritious, and primarily vegetarian with optional fish or meat
available no more than once or twice a week. Breakfast could be porridge with fresh fruit, or occasionally pancakes or cereal, lunch and evening meals may include pasta, beans, rice, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,578
3 weeks
$ 2,705
4 weeks
$ 3,020
5 weeks
$ 3,505
6 weeks
$ 3,825
7 weeks
$ 4,305
8 weeks
$ 4,625
9 weeks
$ 5,105
10 weeks
$ 5,425
11 weeks
$ 5,910
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,308
Average fees
$ 949 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Victoria/Seychelles between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Seychelles.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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